Dear VSSIG members
Thanks all for interest in the RDA Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group , and particularly to those who attended the recent f2f meeting in Montreal .
Our cunning plan to steal some extra time from the following break unfortunately foundered on the compulsory seating arrangements at lunch. However, while we did not bottom-out all the actions we had planned for that meeting, we did set up a framework for next steps, which we would now like to proceed with.
A shared spreadsheet was made available for members to describe tasks and nominate themselves as participants or leaders . Since all VSSIG activities are 'voluntary' (i.e. supported by our home organizations) we can only realistically proceed on those activities where there is enough interest, and where someone has offered to lead or coordinate. Five activities currently meet this threshold, each with a leader and a new Slack Channel  as noted:
1. Strategies for aggregating vocabularies - Yann Le Franc - #tg-search-aggregate
2. Vocabulary API White paper - Arthur Smith - #tg-vocab-api
3. Ontology metadata standard - Clement Jonquet - #tg-ontology-metadata
4. Governance: Requesting changes - John Graybeal - #tg-change-requests
5. Strategies for selecting from vocabularies - John Graybeal - #tg-term-selection
Numbers are still not large for any of these, and there are a couple of proposals that do not have a nominated leader. So first we would like to encourage anyone who has an interest in any of the tasks to think about whether they could participate, and if so add their name to the sheet . Next we request that the task leads consider how they want to proceed, and reach out to the other members of the group to schedule some activities. The Slack channels mentioned above have been set up , each having initial members according to the names on the sheet.
Please note that anyone who is a member of the vocabulary-services Slack workspace may join any of the open channels to follow the discussions on any of these topics.
Looking forward to some busy-ness folks!
Simon, Adam, Yann, John
 Reminder - we are using Slack as the primary comms mechanism for VSSIG. If you are not yet a member, please contact one of the chairs and they will add you.
Simon J D Cox
CSIRO Land and Water
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